Lightfoot Quote of the Day

"The abnegation of reason is not the evidence of faith but the confession of despair. Reason and reverence are natural allies, though untoward circumstances may sometimes interpose and divorce them"--- J.B. Lightfoot … [Read more...]

Star Wars: Rogue One next installment of the Star Wars reboot, is in production. Here is the first official trailer. The movie is coming in December, as it did last year. See what you think, and may the schwartz be with you.... :) BW3 … [Read more...]

Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy— Final Part

Q8.BEN: One last issue for this part of the discussion. It seems clear to me that Paul is trying to avoid the reciprocity spin cycle in his discussion in 1 Cor. 9. He is working to support himself in Corinth because there was a danger of his being co-opted to be an in house teacher by some wealthy Christian, and he didn’t want to take on those obligations which would not give him freedom to come and go and share the Gospel when and wherever he wanted to. At the same time, as 2 Cor. 8-9 show, P … [Read more...]

Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy— Part Ten

Q7.BEN: The discussion of 1 Tim. 3.1-14 is equally interesting. I’m not convinced however that these character descriptions are all that counter-cultural here. Some of them perhaps are, but not all of them, and in particular the one about not being a money-grubber was also a known negative criteria for pursuing the offices of the priesthood in pagan temples including the temple of Artemis. In one sense it is irrelevant that one can find examples of greedy priests, whether pagan or Jewish. These a … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Hoping for Heaven

Here is the original form of the article I wrote for CT which appeared in their March 18th issue.......AND DEATH SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION--- Mark 5.21-43Ben Witherington, III There are all sorts of miracle stories in the Gospel of Mark—exorcisms (which are common in Mark and completely absent in John), nature miracles such as the feeding of the 5,000, healings of various sorts, and of course raising the dead. In Mark 5.21-43 we are presented with Jesus as both the healer and the r … [Read more...]

Trump on the Honeymoons … [Read more...]

Piper and Wright on Justification … [Read more...]

Gary Hoag’s Wealth in Ancient Ephesus and 1 Timothy– Part Nine

Q6b.BEN: I also found it puzzling that you found the Eve example not to have anything to do with her instruction, and yet the Genesis story tells us that only Adam received the proper instruction about the tree, and apparently did a lousy job of conveying the one commandment to Eve. In other words, she was deceived because she had not first been properly instructed, which Paul sees as the danger with these elite women he is discussing. Finally, I was puzzled by your reading of 1 Tim. 2.15 where … [Read more...]

Richard Hay’s Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels— A Review

A REVIEW OF RICHARD HAYS’ ECHOES OF SCRIPTURE IN THE GOSPELS, (BAYLOR, 2016) (A fuller and annotated version of this review will appear as an Appendix in my forthcoming book Isaiah, Old and New).I was teaching in Nova Scotia in June of 2015 and with the encouragement of a friend and the exhortation in Is. 55.1b in mind, I visited the local winery where they produce ice wines. What are ice wines you may ask? They are wines that come from the practice of leaving grapes on the vine into t … [Read more...]